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Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 8:13 PM EDT Sep. 16, 2019 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement in effect through Tuesday evening...

The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City has issued
a beach hazards statement, which is in effect through Tuesday

* Hazards... high risk for dangerous rip currents, dangerous
shorebreak, and strong longshore currents.

* Locations... all eastern North Carolina beaches.

* Timing and tides... the most likely time for strong rip currents
to develop are a couple of hours before and after low tide,
which will occur around 4 PM Tuesday afternoon.

* Surf height... dangerous shore break of 3 to 5 feet.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If caught in a rip current remain calm. Don't fight the current.
Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the
current, swim back to shore. If tired, float or tread water until
out of the rip current. If unable to escape, face the shore and
call or wave for help.

Shore break occurs when waves break directly on the beach. The
most common injuries with strong shore break are neck and back
injuries, which most often occur when the powerful surf throws a
swimmer or surfer head first into the bottom. It is extremely
important to protect your head and neck whenever you are in
breaking waves by keeping your hands in front of you at all times.

Strong longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip
currents, piers, jetties and other hazardous areas. In many cases
the longshore current is strong enough to prevent swimmers from
being able to keep their feet on the bottom making it difficult to
return to shore.

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